Republican Rep. Mo Brooks from Alabama has been on a tear recently. Last week, he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that he advocated deporting all 11 million undocumented residents of the United States. (Hayes’ interview with Brooks begins at 04:55 in the video above.) According to estimates by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the cost to deport on person is about $12,500, which puts the cost to taxpayers of the mass deportation scheme advocated by big-government Republicans like Rep. Brooks at $137.5 billion.
A few days later, in an interview on right-wing radio, Rep. Brooks claimed the Democratic Party is waging a war on white people:
BROOKS: This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.
Of course, Democrats aren’t claiming that white people “hate everyone else.” It’s white, mostly male Republicans who demonstrate their antipathy toward every cohort that is not white, male and Republican through their advocacy of policies that deliberately target these groups, such as voters suppression laws that target African-Americans and young voters, anti-contraception and anti-choice policies that deny women control over their own bodies, anti-marriage equality laws aimed at gays and advocacy of deportation schemes that are focused on Latinos.
But the underlying fallacy of Rep. Brooks’ claim that Democrats are waging a war on whites is in the numbers. According to Gallup, a majority of Democrats — 60 percent — are white.